Read Philippians 1:12-26
While writing, Paul is awaiting his trial where he will find out if he is to be released from prison or executed. still, on the forefront of his mind is the gospel of Jesus being spread. In verse twelve he says, “And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters,that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News.”
Paul’s life had been changed by Jesus. No matter what he faced, nothing mattered more than sharing the truth of Christ. In fact, living or dying was not a fear for Paul. In verses 21-24 he says, “For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better. But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ. So I really don’t know which is better. I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me.But for your sakes, it is better that I continue to live.”
How did Paul get to this place? How was he able to find joy in the midst of death? I believe it is because Paul had encountered Jesus, the savior of the world. His eyes had been opened to the truth, his sins surrendered and forgiven, and he was filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 9 – Saul’s conversion).
An encounter with Jesus is life-changing. It is the only way someone can truly find joy and peace in times of pain and suffering.
Have you truly encountered Jesus? Seek Him today, He longs for a personal relationship with YOU. Jeremiah 29:13 says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”